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Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative

Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative
Photograph by Brooks Kraft/Corbis

“Life changing” is laying it on a bit thick but close enough to describe my personal conversion to the world of the Web. As my blog editor knows all too well, I wasn’t all that keen to enter the blogosphere world. If only he had asked me to consider writing a biweekly column on management education, I would have shouted YES! When do I start? But a blog? I told him that I’m a generational prisoner of print, like it or not, and have been a happy and productive convict. That was five months and 10 blog posts ago. Given my initial resistance—far deeper than your ordinary ambivalence—I’m amazed about what and how much I’ve learned: a deeper understanding of the significance of the online universe. Still learning and still surprised, but far more impressed with its importance.

The other, more seminal surprise with this 10th anniversary blog is to celebrate generally the profound changes sweeping over and radically transforming management education at every level: undergraduate, MBA day programs, and other varieties from short-term immersion courses to one-year programs. Today, I want to cheer and expound on a singular and bold and imaginative program, the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), which will start its fifth year at Harvard University in January. I’m convinced it will freshly imagine management education in the near future.